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Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - October 26, 2012
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new fact, Young Children at Risk: National and State Prevalence of Risk Factors (October 2012), which highlights important facts about young children affected by one or more risk factors associated with academic failure and poor health. Chief among them is family economic hardship, which is consistently linked to negative outcomes in these two domains.
Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - October 25, 2012
On October 10, 2012, the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) hosted a webinar on implementing the Pyramid Model with families of infants and toddlers in their homes. Erin Barton and Regina (Mel) Woodcock used a question and answer format to describe how West Virginia implemented the Pyramid Model across multiple home visiting programs, including within the Part C system. The Webinar recording and materials are now freely available online.
Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - Retrieved October 26, 2012
The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC) has published a new toolkit, Developing and Implementing a Programwide Vision for Effective Mental Health Consultation (2012). It is intended to support Head Start and Early Head Start administrators in their efforts to develop and implement a vision and strategic plan for a programwide approach to mental health and mental health consultation. CECMHC was funded as an Innovation and Improvement Project by the Office of Head Start in October 2008 to help Head Start programs build a strong mental health foundation for their children, families and staff.
Source: Results Matter - October 25, 2012
Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, has added a new video to the Practices Here and There section of its Video Library. Ruairi Goes to Preschool tells a heartwarming story in which a family, a preschool teacher and her staff, a state technical assistance provider, and a school principal worked creatively together to enable a young girl with significant medical issues to attend a preschool classroom through video conferencing. As her teacher tells us, it was the closest thing to least restrictive environment that could be devised for a young child who could not physically be in the classroom.
All clips in the Results Matter Video Library are available online for viewing and may be downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities.
Source: The Future of Children - Retrieved October 24, 2012
The Fall 2012 issue of The Future of Children, entitled Literacy Challenges for the Twenty-First Century, explores current levels of literacy in the U.S., their determinants, and a variety of strategies to improve literacy. The Role of Out-of-School Factors in the Literacy Problem, by Jane Waldfogel, notes that literacy gaps vary widely in children entering school according to their socio-economic status, race and ethnicity, and immigrant status. The author discusses the importance of strong preschool programs, especially for children from low-income and non-English speaking families, and finds that addressing early literacy gaps requires tailoring responses depending on which group of children is being targeted.